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The "Lost Art" of Skilled Trades

December 16, 2017

 

Business owners and educators are watching in dismay as young people pass on, or are steered away from,  some of the most in-demand jobs in America. Young people shy away from the fundamental skilled trades;  skills that have long supported a high standard of living for customers while providing good jobs for many workers.

 

Jobs such as electricians, plumbers, framers and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) technicians and other trades are going unfilled.  According to the Manpower Group’s “talent shortage survey,” skilled trade workers top the list of the hardest jobs to fill. Yet these jobs provide solid income.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in jobs for HVAC technicians through 2024 will be 14 percent, much faster than average job growth nationally. The 2014 median pay for those workers was $21.46 per hour, or $44,630 a year, the bureau reports.

 

For plumbers, pipe-fitters and steamfitters, expected job growth until 2024 is 12 percent — also faster than average, according to the bureau. The 2014 median pay for those jobs was $24.36 an hour, or $50,660 a year.

 

For electricians, the numbers are even better: 14 percent expected job growth with a $51,110 2014 median annual salary.

 

Students should be given options. Not every young person is suited for college — which may not end in a decent job, and sometimes saddles students with heavy debt.  Current student loan debt exceeds $1.3 trillion, according to MarketWatch, which says student loan debt grows $2,726 every second.  And often, college students leave without a degree. More than 40 percent of students who start college don’t graduate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But there are other paths. 

Parents shouldn’t be afraid of giving their children options, the trades are noble jobs too!

(Summarized from the March 20, 2016 post from My Dayton Daily News)

 

 

 

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